Pula Croatia - City Guide

Pula
Pula

The city of Pula sits between the shores of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding hills. Between 1918 and 1945, it came under Italian rule and the majority of its residents were of Italian descent. Later however, as the city was reunited with the rest of Yugoslavia and later Croatia, many Italians fled, accounting for the population to fall from over 40,0000 people to less than 20,000 in the space of just fifteen years.

Nowadays, the 60,000 residents of Pula are made up mainly of Croats, but around five percent re Italian, five percent Serbian, two percent Bosnian and one percent Slovenian.

The chief industry here is shipbuilding, with several major companies based in the area. However, construction, glass production, winemaking and fishing are also important to the region.

Tourism is another important industry for Pula, and one that is steadily growing as transport links continue to improve. The nearby airport at Trieste serves all the major European cities, but the local airports of Pula and Rijeka Croatia are constantly growing their services and offer direct flights to many key cities over the peak summer months.

Pula’s key tourist pull is its wonderful climate. In summer you can expect warm, dry weather with temperatures of around 20C to 25C; the winters are cooler, but pleasant and temperatures rarely fall below 5C, even in January and February. The sea is tame, and tourists will find several water activities to fill their day, from swimming and sailing to wreck dives and cliff dives.

One of the area’s most popular attractions is Brijuni National Park, (sometimes also referred to as Brioni National Park). The park is made up of twelve individual islands off the coast of Pula, and of which are renowned for their natural beauty.

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